My Life With Gracie…How To Draw Friendship

How To Draw Friendship

“What are you doing?” asked Gracie.

It was an unexpectedly warm spring evening, and I was enjoying being outside with my chickens.

“I’m reworking some of the drawings I made of you.”

“That’s odd. Why would you do that? Why not just work on something new?”

“I need to redraw them so they can print better. The ones I’ve been making will print too fuzzy, and you aren’t a fuzzy chicken.”

Gracie tilted her head, trying to figure out what a fuzzy chicken might look like. She didn’t understand digital graphics and the printing process, and I don’t understand it all either.

“Can I see?” she asked.

“Sure. What do you think?” I held up my iPad and she studied my drawings carefully.

“Is that supposed to be me?” she asked. “And is that supposed to be Bessie?”

“Yes. Don’t you like the drawings?”

“Well, I guess they are okay. If that’s what you’re going for. I like it better when you draw on paper with a pencil.”

“What’s the difference?”

“You’ve got everything in there and it doesn’t fit together. Too many big colors. Too many little shapes. Too many of everything! People aren’t going to be able to find us.”

“You’re sure? I took art classes, a lot of art classes.”

Gracie shook her head sadly. My drawings just weren’t going to receive her approval. But I did trust what she had to say. I wanted her to be pleased with my drawings, even if no one else was. These were drawings of her and for her.

“So what do you suggest?” I asked.

“Well, the colors are the main thing. You’re picking colors you like, not colors we like.”

“I see. So what colors do you like?”

“Colors that go with our feathers. Colors that go with our eggs. Soft colors. Hen colors, not rooster colors.”

“I think I see what you mean.”

“So why is it important that they print better?”

I was hoping she would have forgotten that part, but she is a very curious chicken.

“It’s a surprise, Gracie.”

“For me?”

“Yes, it’s a surprise for everyone who knows us really, but it is especially a surprise for you and Bessie. Your Hatchday, the day you and Bessie hatched out of your eggs, is next month.”

“Well, I don’t want to hurt your feelings or anything, but these drawings need to be good, and not just good for printing.”

“What makes a good drawing?”

“A good drawing makes people feel something when they look at it. A good drawing of chickens has to make people feel something good when they look at it.”

“What makes you feel good, Gracie?”

“Friendship.”

“Like with you and Bessie?”

“Yes, exactly. Draw Bessie and me and our friendship. Use colors that go with our feathers and go with our eggs. People will like those drawings.”

“Anything else?”

“It would be nice if there were little flowers sometimes. We are girls, and girls like flowers. Girls especially like flowers we can eat.”

“I understand.”

“That’s all. Just draw friendship. Chickens know a lot about friendship…and nice colors.”

Gracie had said all she wanted to say and went off nonchalantly to find something to eat before going up for the night.

I knew she was eager to see the new drawings I would make following her advice. She just wouldn’t let on about how eager she really was.

As I was securing the coop for the night, I asked, “Are you sure you didn’t take art classes, Gracie?”

She chuckled. “You’re being silly again!”

“You’re right. I just got carried away with adding more and more because…well, because so many good things come into my heart when I am drawing you. I didn’t realize all I needed to do was simply to draw friendship.”

“And…?”

“And I’m not going to tell you what your Hatchday surprise is!”

Then it was my turn to walk away nonchalantly.

My life with Gracie taught me girls like flowers and especially little flowers they can eat.

(I just would NOT recommend following this advice when choosing a gift unless it’s a gift for a chicken.)

You will notice a few subtle differences in today’s illustration. Perhaps the greatest is the use of highlights in their eyes which give the drawing an extra bit of “life” not possible with the crayon tool I was using before. Gracie has seen and approved today’s drawing. (Deep sigh of relief!)

How To Draw Friendship

A Brief Retrospective On December 2018

Retrospective December 2018

The beginning of a new year seems to be a good time to look back on the old and look forward to the new, and so some type of retrospective just might be helpful before launching into new posts for a new year. Epiphany Sunday seems like a nice day for our final retrospective of December 2018, particularly since the most popular posts that month were about Christmas themes.

These are the most popular posts from December 2018, our fifth month of “My Life With Gracie” Posts on WordPress!

First “Most Popular” Post

“My Life With Gracie…How To Explain Christmas To Chickens (Part 2)” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (For me, this was one of my all time favorites because it touches on timeless truths.) It also was the First “Most Liked” Post of the year.

Retrospective December 2018

Second “Most Popular” Post

“My Life With Gracie…How To Explain Christmas To Chickens (Part 1)” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (For me, I would have thought Part 1 would have been in first place, but then again, Part 2 does have the real heart of the story while Part 1 just sets up the story.) It also was the First “Most Viewed” Post of the year.

Retrospective December 2018

Third “Most Popular” Post

“My Life With Gracie…Of Light And Life And Love” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (For me, this post is really what you might call “an any time post” not limited to the holiday season because it is about three things we may need at any time.)

Retrospective December 2018

Thanks for joining me on this retrospective which has been a chance to look back and see what our readers enjoy the most! This has really helped to prepare for new posts for the new year!

Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, Pearl, Amelia, Emily, and John

A Brief Retrospective On November 2018

Retrospective November 2018

The beginning of a new year seems to be a good time to look back on the old and look forward to the new, and so some type of retrospective just might be helpful before launching into new posts for a new year.

After employing a rather complicated mathematical formula (which involved using all ten of my fingers and this time some of my toes as well) along with the very reliable and soon-to-be-patented “Chicken Peck Selector,” these are the most popular posts from November 2018, our fourth month of “My Life With Gracie” Posts on WordPress!

First “Most Popular” Post

“My Life With Gracie…An Uncomfortable Truth” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (This was not the easiest to write as it touches on the relationship between humans and farm animals. For me, it showed Bessie at her best.)

Retrospective November 2018

Second “Most Popular” Post

“My Life With Gracie…Kinds Of Beauty” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (For me, I hope this was an affirmation of each person’s individual beauty and value beyond the surface.)

Retrospective November 2018

Third “Most Popular” Post

“My Life With Gracie…Thankfulness” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (For me, the autumn color palette was very nice along with the theme of thankfulness.)

Retrospective November 2018

Thanks for joining me on this retrospective which is a chance to look back and see what our readers enjoy the most! From new possibilities, to the mysteries of beauty, and on to the the importance of true thankfulness, November 2018 was a diverse month!